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Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

Blenko Glass is a West Virginia treasure that spans generations. Nothing symbolizes the state of West Virginia better or more beautifully than Blenko Glass. We will discuss current and former craftsmen and designers and how important it is that Blenko and West Virginia glass be appreciated and valued by the younger generation.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Blenko Glass - Festival of Glass Aug 2-3


Each year in August - Blenko Glass ( Milton, WV) host the Festival of Glass. 
2013  -  August 2-3.
You'll want to check the Blenko Glass website www.blenkoglass.com  for updates and schedule with cost.
This is a family weekend event.  Bring the children,  your neighbors, invite everyone you know.  Blenko Glass is a West Virginia treasure.  
Enjoy a picnic by the Blenko Lake,  or just a leisurely walk around the town of Milton.  You will want to return.  hjh 





Class Descriptions

  • Glass Blowing Workshop: Ages 15-up. $350.00/person. Have you ever wanted to try your hand at glass blowing? Each person will participate in every step necessary to create a piece of handmade glass. You will work on at least 4-5 pieces and the end results are all yours to keep.
  • Paperweight: Ages 12-up. $40.00/person. Each participant will choose from selected colored glass frit and assist in making your own unique paperweight.
  • Mosaic Nightlight: Ages 8-up. $25.00/person. Create your own mosaic nightlight using colorful pieces of Blenko sheet glass and frit.
  • Large Dalle Chipping: Ages 14-up. $125.00/person. Turn your vision into a work of art by chipping away at slabs of glass. This class offers you the opportunity to learn the techniques involved in creating a faceted glass 18" x 18" panel.
  • Small Dalle Mosaic: Ages 5-up. $45.00/person. Parental Supervision required under age 10. Use your imagination to create an 8" x 8" glass panel using various shapes of pre-cut Blenko glass. Ages 14-up may learn the chipping technique to create your own panel.
  • Garden Stone Mosaic: Ages 3-up. $20.00/person. Parental supervision requested under age 10. A great class for kids. Create your own custom garden stone using various Blenko glass pieces and other unique decorations.
  • Blown Ornament: Ages 12-up. $35.00/person. Each Participant will choose from selected frit colors and with the assistance of Blenko Artisans create their own one of a kind round ornament.
  • Stained Glass Panel: Ages 12-up. $85.00/person. You will learn the steps required to make a stained glass panel and will then create your own 13" x 13" panel.
  • Blown Glass Vase/Candy Dish: Ages 14-up. $65.00/person. In this class each participant will get to roll their piece of glass in selected frit to pick up the desired colors. Then they will get to heat the piece up to melt the frit and blow their piece of glass into a wooden form so that it can be made into a vase or bowl with the finisher.
  • Make a Water Bottle: Ages 12-up. $65.00/person. Here is your chance to blow and finish your own Original Water Bottle with the assistance of Blenko artisans. 
  • NEW Make a MINI Water Bottle: Ages 12-up. $65.00/person. Here is your chance to blow and finish 2 of your own Mini Water Bottles with the assistance of Blenko artisans. 
  • Cast Animal Paperweight: Ages 8-up. $30.00/person. Each participant will get to pick their molds, cut the glass and press it into the molds and flip the molds onto the carry-in board. Each participant will get to take home 3 of their creations.
  • NEW Stacked Dichroic Glass Jewelry: Ages 8-up. $35.00-45.00/person. Participants will create a multilayer dichroic design which will then be fired at 1400*F.  Once cooled, a bail will be applied to the pendant for participants to take with them that day. For a Sterling Silver Pendant class will be $45.00/person.
  • NEW Acid Etch Dichroic Glass Jewelry: Ages 16-up. $35.00/person. Participants will learn the technique to acid etch dichroic glass to create a pendant with amazing details. Once the piece is etched, it will then be fired at 1400*F and a bail mounted so that the participants may take their finished pendant home with them that day.  Stencils will be of a variety and will be the choice of what is available at class time.
  • NEW Glass Chime: Ages 10-up. $45.00/person. Choose and assemble a beautiful glass wind chime that will sparkle in the sun and bring music to your life.
  • NEW Glass Painting: Ages 3-up. $10.00-$20.00/person. Parental supervision requested under age 10. Choose between a small cast animal or blank ($10.00) or large cast animal or blank ($20.00) and use your creative talents to decorate your piece of glass with endless colors and designs.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Blenko Glass Garden

 
 
 
 
Hillary,  Can you post photos from your family's yard?  We visited in 2001 during a Blenko event. I can't seem to find my photos.  Mary Helen Scrub
 
 
 
 
Mary Helen,   I don't have photos - however,  last year someone gave me this link to a U Tube video of my Dad's yard.   HJH
 
 
 
1 min - Oct 12, 2009 - Uploaded by ShortysTRM
This is a garden in Charleston, WV that is decorated entirely with Blenko Glass sculptures ...

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Festival of Glass - Milton, WVa. Aug 2-3

Fredrick Collins said " There are two types of people -- those who come into a room and, " Well, here I am!"   and those who come in and say,  " Ah, there you are!"

Perhaps this is also true of companies.   The Festival of Glass ( Aug 2-3)  is another way in which Blenko Glass says -  ah, there you are!   Blenko wants you to have a great weekend and enjoy learning and participating in glass making.

If you haven't made plans to attend the Festival of Glass in Milton, WVa  do so today.
For additional info phone 304 743 9081.

This could be YOU!  If you enroll in the glass blowing class during Festival of Glass  8/2 - 8/3.
Photo of Randy Rider - Glass Shop Foreman  Blenko Glass 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Blenko's Festival of Glass - Aug 2-3

You'll want to check out the blenkoglass.com  web pages to learn more about Festival of Glass.
Variations -  Husted 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Blenko Glass. Ernie Downey Glass Artist/ Photographer

The Blenko Glass www.blenkoglass.com  Festival of Glass   Aug 2-3.   Mr. Ernie Downey  will be teaching two of the most popular classes,   below you 'll find a description of the classes, and also photos of items similar to the project you might complete if you sign on for his classes.   We have long admired Ernie Downey's work.   For more than five years,  I've owned and worn frequently ear rings made by Ernie Downey.   His Blenko inspired items make the nicest gifts.   This is a class you will want to take.   Phone Blenko Glass today to make certain you have a spot in Ernie Downey's class(es).  hjh  








Acid Etched Dichroic Glass - New for 2013 taught by Ernie Downey
Participants will learn the technique to acid etch dichroic glass to create a pendant with amazing details.  Once the piece is etched, it will then be fired at 1400*F and a bail mounted so that the participants may take their finished pendant home with them that day.  Due to techniques of this class and working with acid, the class is limited to 15 participants and must be at least 16 years of age.  Stencils will be of a variety and will be the choice of what is available at class time. (pictures attached)
Stacked Dichroic Pendant - New for 2013 taught by Ernie Downey
Participants will create a multilayer dichroic design which will then be fired at 1400*F.  Once cooled, it will be applied to the Sterling Silver pendant for participants to take with them that day. Participants may opt to not use a Sterling Silver mount if desired.  (picture attached)

If you like to learn more about Ernie Downey, please visit  http://www.ernsglass.com/Pages/aboutus.aspx


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Bella Boca - An Arlon Bayliss Design for Blenko Glass

Bayliss describes his studio work as the fertile ground from which his designs for industry and his architectural glass work grow.     Bella Boca remains the most popular designs.  These are available at Blenko Glass in the on line store - www.blenkoglass.com  .   If you haven't added Bella Boca to your Blenko Glass collection,  now is the time.  hjh 
Blenko Bella Boca  pitcher 

Blenko Bella Boca  (spring)

Blenko Bella Boca  - tangerine 

Monday, July 22, 2013

How a Used Bottle Becomes a New Bottle

How a Used Bottle Becomes a New Bottle,
This is from our glass friend Tony Patti  gaffer@glassblower.info.  
We hope you find this as interesting as we did HJH
 



I thought this was a very interesting web page, about what happens with curbside glass recycling in New Jersey.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/06/11/190668206/how-a-used-bottle-becomes-a-new-bottle-in-6-gifs
(this web page has multiple animated GIF’s)

And the video is even more fun to watch!
http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/06/20/190741862/video-how-a-used-bottle-becomes-a-new-bottle

From this (image 3 of 6 on the web page, showing the glass moving into a Redwave Optical Sorter):

 
To this (the bottles still glowing orange-hot while the necks are being setup):

 
This web page and especially the animated GIF reminded me of the Glass Art Society (GAS) trip to Osram Sylvania Glass Technologies in Wellsboro PA.
They make glass envelopes for light bulbs, using similar machine line, really interesting to watch in person, especially with a strobe light to "freeze" the action.

Blenko Glass . www.blenkoglass.com Festival of Glass

I don't consider myself to be a 'crafty' person,   but one doesn't have to be crafty for success during the Blenko Glass Festival of Glass.   If you have never made anything - - - its OK  the Blenko Glass craftsmen will have your back,  and they'll assist you when you take one of the Festival of Glass classes,   you will be delighted with your creation.

Several years ago -  it was the first Festival of Glass - my Dad and I both signed up for the class that allowed you to blow glass.   We made three objects of art -  all in a lovely orange - red color.  My vase isn't completely level,  but it remains of one my prize possessions, and allows for stories of he day and positive memories.  Is there anything more important than stories and memories?

Take the children,  the grandchildren and your friends.  Come to Blenko for the Aug 2-3  Festival of Glass.   You'll create ( see photos  below)  art,  but more importantly you'll create memories.   Hope to see you at the Blenko Glass Festival of Glass.  For more info  always check www.blenkoglass.com   To learn more abut Blenko Glass and collecting Blenko.  www.blenkoproject.org . hjh            
Stepping Stone 
Blenko Ornament
Water Bottle  ( big and little) 
Blenko Glass Paper Weight Class 
photos from Blenko Glass. 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Glassblowing and Ice Cream

This post from our Glass Friend Tony Patti.
http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/news/region/baltimore_city/local-glass-artist-lends-talents-to-haagen-dazs

Local glass artist lends talents to Haagen Dazs
Hot art for a cool treat
By: Charley Crowson

BALTIMORE - This is one hot way to enjoy a cool summer treat. Glass blowing artist Tim Mcfadden is sweating over the blazing ovens in his Southeast Baltimore shop, creating hand shaped bowls and spoons for Haagen Dazs’ new flavors of Gelato.

“I've made a dozen of these, maybe two dozen for Haagen Dazs to use for promotional purposes,” McFadden said.

The company approached McFadden along with a musician, a clothing designer and a photographer, challenging them to use the gelato as inspiration in their respective mediums.
“It's founded on unique and creative new flavors and ingredients, not a run-of-the-mill product,” he said.

So McFadden designed this bowl, inspired by the vanilla bean and a recent trip he made to Italy.
“The striping pattern was inspired by old Venetian techniques,” he said. “Mine was based on a Venetian technique with a more modern gelato cone shape.”

Working with his volunteer apprentice, Barb Victor, McFadden took us through the process of firing, shaping, re-firing and detailing his bowl. “When we put our colors in there I always put a key on top, so I'll know what's what because once you heat them up, they all look the same.”

It’s a process he repeats as many as ten times for this piece, but other artworks, he says, can take much longer. “Some things take hours to heat, and you may have to do this hundred times.”

It’s difficult work that can only be made tougher during the approaching dog days of summer.

“When it's 95 (degrees) outside, it's probably 130, maybe 135 (degrees) in here,” he said.

It’s all done so we can enjoy some top shelf gelato with a little artistic flare. McFadden’s bowls will cost $65.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Angels! Blenko Makes The Very Best....A N G E L S!

Yes.   The temp is 90 and it's been a very hot and wet summer,  I hope  you plan to be in Milton for the Festival of Glass.  You DO,  Wonderful.   While you are here,  why not pick up a Blenko Angel for someone special in your life. 
   Blenko Glass has created Angels for a couple decades, the design is basically the same -  we have a dozen Angels  none are duplicates.  Each is individually made by a Blenko Glass craftsman.   I collect  Les Womack Angels.  Les is  a retired Blenko Glass craftsmen - Les was served as foreman prior to retirement.   He returns several times each year to assist with special  projects.
The Angels,  make a nice gift for the child going away to college,  for someone fighting an illness,  that neighbor who seems to arrive just when you need help.   We
strongly believe -   angels are in our lives.
 This blog is indebted to many  angels,  Toni , ,Andrea,   Bruce , Dr V,  Maggie, Steve,   Adam etc -  you know who you are!  
Blenko creates beautiful Angel,  when you are in Milton,  pick up a couple.  Mr. Walter Blenko will be signing glass during the Festival of Glass.   When signing is available, always ask that your glass is signed.  hjh
 
Blenko Angels

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Potatoes are important in Glassblowing!

Potatoes are important in Glassblowing!
This post is from our glass friend T. Patti,  and from his friend Mike Parry.  Thanks to both.

This info is from Bernard Katz web page. 
Many thanks to Mike Parry for pointing me to this Bernard Katz web page concerning potatoes and glassblowing!

http://bernardkatz.com/potato-in-glass/

Watch Video Above

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Blenko WV BIrthday Vases

We had knowledge of 3 Blenko 2013 vases.
These have been spoken for and are no longer available as of 7/15.

If you are attempting to complete a  Blenko - WV Birthday collection -  we may be able to help.
Sending an email with the vases you want to acquire.

If you have WV Birthday Vases  you no longer want -  we can help you find homes for these vases.

We now know of 15 collectors who are lacking one or two vases - and then they too will
have a completed set.

Note:  My parents say ' the search is the best part of collecting.'
2013  WV Birthday Vase - Blenko 

Quote of Week.

Monday, July 15, 2013

PGC Summer Class List


PGC (Pittsburgh Glass Center) has a very interesting assortment of glass classes this summer!

https://www.pittsburghglasscenter.org/classes


A Coldworking Picnic: A Taste of What's Possible (July 8-12)
1 Week
All Skill Levels
KATHY ELLIOTT  In this five day course we will look at how to use the basic equipment in the cold shop such as the diamond saw, grinding machines, sandblaster, and cutting lathe.…

All You Can Eat Bead Week (August 5-9)
1 Week
Beginner, Intermediate
CORINA TETTINGER This one-week summer intensive at PGC has quickly become my personal favorite class. Finally, there is time to learn enough to last you a long while as you grow as a…

American Mark-Making (July 22-26)
1 Week
Intermediate, Advanced
MATTHEW CUMMINGS In this class, we will explore the myriad of color application techniques in the hot shop, combining traditional in non-traditional manners to allow students to see the…

Beginning Flameworking (July 8-12)
1 Week
Newbie, Beginner
TIM DRIER This is a beginner class that shows basic technique & fundamentals, from marbles to the human form. We will cover small hollow vessels & goblets as well. The class…

Blown Glass Garden Floats
2 Hour
Newbie, Beginner
Make your own beautiful glass object for your garden. In this 2-hour class, work with an instructor to gather, color and blow a beautiful glass ball to either hang in your garden or float on…

Blown Glass Pumpkins
2 Hour
Newbie, Beginner
Due to popular demand, everyone’s favorite fall workshop is now offered all year long. Real pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes and so do the ones you’ll create in this…

Bodacious Beads
2 Hour
Newbie, Beginner
Mesmerized by intricate, colorful glass beads and jewelry? Learn the secrets of how beads are made at the torch in this introductory session in the flame shop. You will have a chance to make…

Cold Construction and Lamination (June 17-21)
1 Week
All Skill Levels
PAVEL NOVAK Using solid blocks of glass, students will experiment with many aspects of cold working: cutting with a diamond saw, grinding with silicon carbide grit, diamond wheels,…

Coldworked Pendants
2 Hour
Newbie, Beginner
Choose from a variety of transparent glass colors and coldworking techniques to transform a piece of flat glass into a one-of-a-kind pendant.  You will learn how to sandblast, carve,…

Cold Working in Relief (June 24-28)
1 Week
All Skill Levels
FRANTISEK JANAK This class will explore the basic coldworking techniques of glass shaping, cutting and polishing. In addition, the class will cover how to use and set up different…

Component Proponent (July 29-August 2)
1 Week
Intermediate
THEO KELLER This class will focus on the shaping of blown vessels. Students will learn how to use the flame to manipulate borosilicate tubing into a multitude of forms. These components…

Confident Coldworking (July 22-26)
1 Week
All Skill Levels
BEN JOHNSON This class is an exploration into coldworking. Learn about all of the equipment in the cold shop including belt sanders, flat grinders, dremels, lathes, the sandblaster, and…

Creare Natura in Vitrum - Create Nature in Glass (June 17-21)
1 Week
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Ace
JANIS MILTENBERGER Creating nature in two ways, we will work from images and specimen to form sculptural glass elements, and consider the context of what we make within our personal…

Ed's Most Excellent Glass Adventure (July 15-19)
1 Week
Beginner, Intermediate
ED SCHMID Are you looking to expand your glassblowing horizons? This might be just the right trip for you! Learn from the guy that literally wrote the book on glassblowing. Through daily…

Embossed Glass
2 Hour
Newbie, Beginner
Personalize your own beer mug, wine goblet, or drinking glass using sand blasting, glass carving, and
 

Fast Track Flameworking
Extended Workshops
Newbie, Beginner
Flameworking is the technique of forming objects by melting glass rods and tubing at the torch. You will be amazed at what you can make – beads, marbles, chains and pendants to name a…

Frit Pendants
2 Hour
Newbie, Beginner
Flamework your own frit pendant using crushed colored glass to create a 3D explosion.  Melt and manipulate your own eye-popping pendant by gathering a molten ball of glass, applying…

Fused Glass Tiles
2 Hour
Newbie, Beginner
A great introduction to the world of kiln formed glass.  We start by learning how to cut glass and delve into a variety of materials and what effects they create.  Using sheet…

Fuze-A-Polooza
Extended Workshops
Newbie, Beginner
This is a great workshop for a variety of students, whether you have never touched flat glass before or have a kiln at home.  We start at the beginning covering tool knowledge, glass…

Get Your Feet Wet (July 29-August 2)
1 Week
Newbie
JASON FORCK + JON CAPPS Spend an exciting week with molten glass, learning the basics of glassblowing. This class will emphasize good techniques and habits, but just as importantly, it…

Sunday, July 14, 2013

festival of glass - Blenko Glass Aug 2 -3


www.blenkoglass.com   Festival of Glass 
Course descriptions are listed on www.blenkoglass.com also. 
See below from  Blenko Glass.

Call us at (877) 425-3656 with questions and to sign up. Class space is limited and will fill fast. To reserve your spot, payment must be secured by Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express at the time of reservation. Cash or Check payments must be received no later than Wednesday, July 31. Classes must be paid in full before the Festival. Any unpaid reservation will be cancelled and reopened to other customers. Credit card payments will be processed on Wednesday, July 31. For cash/check payments you may stop by the Main Office Mon-Fri 8am-2:30pm or mail check payments to Blenko Glass Co., P.O. Box 67, Milton, WV 25541. If you have any questions regarding payment, please contact Tammy McDonald at (877) 425-3656. Thank You.

(K) Indicates Kid Friendly Class

Friday, August 2nd
8:30-11:30    Glass Workshop
8:30-10:30    Blown Glass Vase/Bowl
8:30-10:00    Paperweight
8:30-11:00    Acid Etch Glass Jewelry~Guest Instructor Ernie Downey
9:00-TBD     Stained Glass Panel
9:00-10:00    Glass Chime Class
9:00-10:30    (K) Cast Animal Paperweight
9:00-10:30    (K) Stepping Stone Mosaic
9:00-10:00    (K) Glass Painting
10:00-11:30   (K) Small Dalle Mosaic
10:00-12:30   Dalle Chipping
1:00-3:00      Make your own Water Bottle
1:00-3:00      Blown Glass Vase/Bowl
1:00-2:30      Blown Ornament
1:00-2:30      (K) Stepping Stone Mosaic
1:00-2:00      (K) Glass Painting
1:00-2:30      (K) Cast Animal Paperweight
1:00-3:30      Stacked Dichroic Glass Jewelry~Guest Instructor Ernie Downey
1:00-2:00      Mosaic Nightlight

Saturday, August 3rd
8:30-11:30    Glass Workshop
9:00-11:00    Blown Glass Vase/Bowl
9:00-10:30    Paperweight
9:00-TBD     Stained Glass Panel
9:00-10:30    (K) Cast Animal Paperweight

9:00-10:30    (K) Small Dalle Mosaic
9:00-11:30     Dalle Chipping

9:00-11:30     Acid Etch Glass Jewelry~Guest Instructor Ernie Downey
10:00-11:00   Glass Chime Class
10:00-11:30   (K) Stepping Stone Mosaic
10:00-11:00   (K) Glass Painting
1:00-3:00       Make your own MINI Water Bottles
1:00-3:00       Blown Glass Vase/Bowl
1:00-2:30       Blown Ornament
1:00-2:30       (K) Cast Animal Paperweight
1:00-3:30       Stacked Dichroic Glass Jewelry~Guest Instructor Ernie Downey
1:00-2:00       Mosaic Nightlight
1:00-2:30      (K) Stepping Stone Mosaic
1:00-2:00      (K) Glass Painting
Class Descr

Saturday, July 13, 2013

glass insurance. ???

is your blenko insured?    can you recommend your carrier?   please respond via comments

Friday, July 12, 2013

Estate Sale - Charleston

HELEN GANDEE ESTATE SALE! WEEK 2
Blue Creek, WV
JULY 13 – 14, 2013
5148 Elk River Road -Blue Creek (between Elkview and Clendenin on US 119), WVCLICK HERE FOR MAP

20,000 Square Foot Warehouse – Formerly “Helen’s House of Antiques”
The largest estate sale in West Virginia this Summer! Over 2200 people visited this sale during its first weekend and took home thousands of treasures!
The sale continues for its second weekend with the remainder of items from the estate added to the sale. Due to space restrictions (in a 20,000 sq. ft. warehouse!) and the vast amount of items to be sold many items were not out and available for purchase during the first weekend of the sale!
- Click Here to read the news story in The Charleston Gazette about this sale -
The Estate of Helen Gandee, the proprietor of “Helen’s House of Antiques” in Blue Creek, WV (Between Elkview and Clendenin on US 119). This sale will take place in the warehouse Mrs. Gandee used to house her vast collection of antiques, collectibles, art and much more.
The sale continues for a second weekend on the following schedule:
Saturday – July 13th – 10am to 4pm
Sunday – July 14th – Noon to 5pm
NO EARLY SALES – DOORS OPEN PROMPTLY AT THE TIMES LISTED!
Watch the WEEK 2 Preview Video here!
This notice from Purple Moon Estate sales -  We've been told the estate includes glass.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mobile Glassblowing Studio listed on eBay


An ebay find - sent to us by Tony Patti - gaffer@glassblower.info.
Tony wrote:
As a point of interest, this is email# 402 (yes, more than four hundred emails sent) to the PA-NJ list since inception January 2006.

I make no comment concerning this eBay auction, other than to say "You don't see this every day on eBay!"




http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=251292499823

Festival of Glass -

August 2nd and 3rd, 2013
This is from the www.blenkoglass.com   website for updates  check their web page.
We have no knowledge other than this written page about this event.
Don't email blenko project with your questions.
hjh 




Call us at (877) 425-3656 with questions and to sign up. Class space is limited and will fill fast. To reserve your spot, payment must be secured by Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express at the time of reservation. Cash or Check payments must be received no later than Wednesday, July 31. Classes must be paid in full before the Festival. Any unpaid reservation will be cancelled and reopened to other customers. Credit card payments will be processed on Wednesday, July 31. For cash/check payments you may stop by the Main Office Mon-Fri 8am-2:30pm or mail check payments to Blenko Glass Co., P.O. Box 67, Milton, WV 25541. If you have any questions regarding payment, please contact Tammy McDonald at (877) 425-3656. Thank You.

(K) Indicates Kid Friendly Class

Friday, August 2nd
8:30-11:30    Glass Workshop
8:30-10:30    Blown Glass Vase/Bowl
8:30-10:00    Paperweight
8:30-11:00    Acid Etch Glass Jewelry~Guest Instructor Ernie Downey
9:00-TBD     Stained Glass Panel
9:00-10:00    Glass Chime Class
9:00-10:30    (K) Cast Animal Paperweight
9:00-10:30    (K) Stepping Stone Mosaic
9:00-10:00    (K) Glass Painting
10:00-11:30   (K) Small Dalle Mosaic
10:00-12:30   Dalle Chipping
1:00-3:00      Make your own Water Bottle
1:00-3:00      Blown Glass Vase/Bowl
1:00-2:30      Blown Ornament
1:00-2:30      (K) Stepping Stone Mosaic
1:00-2:00      (K) Glass Painting
1:00-2:30      (K) Cast Animal Paperweight
1:00-3:30      Stacked Dichroic Glass Jewelry~Guest Instructor Ernie Downey
1:00-2:00      Mosaic Nightlight

Saturday, August 3rd
8:30-11:30    Glass Workshop
9:00-11:00    Blown Glass Vase/Bowl
9:00-10:30    Paperweight
9:00-TBD     Stained Glass Panel
9:00-10:30    (K) Cast Animal Paperweight

9:00-10:30    (K) Small Dalle Mosaic
9:00-11:30     Dalle Chipping

9:00-11:30     Acid Etch Glass Jewelry~Guest Instructor Ernie Downey
10:00-11:00   Glass Chime Class
10:00-11:30   (K) Stepping Stone Mosaic
10:00-11:00   (K) Glass Painting
1:00-3:00       Make your own MINI Water Bottles
1:00-3:00       Blown Glass Vase/Bowl
1:00-2:30       Blown Ornament
1:00-2:30       (K) Cast Animal Paperweight
1:00-3:30       Stacked Dichroic Glass Jewelry~Guest Instructor Ernie Downey
1:00-2:00       Mosaic Nightlight
1:00-2:30      (K) Stepping Stone Mosaic
1:00-2:00      (K) Glass Painting
Class Descr

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

THIS IS IT! _ Blenko's Festival Of Glass Schedule.

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Festival of Glass
August 2nd and 3rd, 2013
Friday, August 2nd
Class Descriptions
  • Glass Blowing Workshop: Ages 15-up. $350.00/person. Have you ever wanted to try you hand a glass blowing? Each person will participate in every step necessary to create a piece of handmade glass. You will work on at least 4-5 pieces and the end results are all yours to keep.
  • Paperweight: Ages 12-up. $40.00/person. Each participant will choose from selected colored glass frit and assist in making your own unique paperweight.
  • Mosaic Nightlight: Ages 8-up. $25.00/person. Create your own mosaic nightlight using colorful pieces of Blenko sheet glass and frit.
  • Large Dalle Chipping: Ages 14-up. $125.00/person. Turn your vision into a work of art by chipping away at slabs of glass. This class offers you the opportunity to learn the techniques involved in creating a faceted glass 18" x 18" panel.
  • Small Dalle Mosaic: Ages 5-up. $45.00/person. Parental Supervision required under age 10. Use your imagination to create an 8" x 8" glass panel using various shapes of pre-cut Blenko glass. Ages 14-up may learn the chipping technique to create your own panel.
  • Garden Stone Mosaic: Ages 3-up. $20.00/person. Parental supervision requested under age 10. A great class for kids. Create your own custom garden stone using various Blenko glass pieces and other unique decorations.
  • Blown Ornament: Ages 12-up. $35.00/person. Each Participant will choose from selected fit colors and with the assistance of Blenko Artisans create their own one of a kind round ornament.
  • Stained Glass Panel: Ages 12-up. $85.00/person. You will learn the steps required to make a stained glass panel and will then create your own 13" x 13" panel.
  • Blown Glass Vase/Candy Dish: Ages 14-up. $65.00/person. In this class each participant will get to roll their piece of glass in selected frit to pick up the desired colors. Then they will get to heat the piece up to melt the frit and blow their piece of glass into a wooden form so that it can be made into a vase or bowl with the finisher.
  • Make a Water Bottle: Ages 12-up. $65.00/person. Here is your chance to blow and finish your own Original Water Bottle with the assistance of Blenko artisans. 
  • NEW Make a MINI Water Bottle: Ages 12-up. $65.00/person. Here is your chance to blow and finish your own Mini Water Bottle with the assistance of Blenko artisans. 
  • Cast Animal Paperweight: Ages 8-up. $30.00/person. Each participant will get to pick their molds, cut the glass and press it into the molds and flip the molds onto the carry-in board. Each participant will get to take home 3 of their creations.
  • Dichroic Glass Jewelry: Ages 10-up. Each participant will get to create their own piece of dichroic glass jewelry by placing a variety of dichroic glass pieces in layers on a necklace base. Choice of pendant, earrings or *bracelet. *Additional charges apply.
  • NEW Glass Chime: Ages 10-up. $45.00/person. Choose and assemble a beautiful glass wind chime that will sparkle in the sun and bring music to your life.
  • NEW Glass Painting: Ages 3-up. $10.00-$20.00/person. Choose between a small cast animal or blank ($10.00) or large cast animal or blank ($20.00) and use your creative talents to decorate your piece of glass with endless colors and designs.
To sign up for classes please call (877) 425-3656 or local (304) 743-9081.
Photo from the 1st Festival of Glass -   Glass blowing class.  More photos coming.   You'll want to sign up for classes,  bring your children and grand kids,  come meet Ernie Downey ( the creator of the jewelry you've been purchasing at Blenko),  the Blenko Workers and Craftsmen.  This is a wonderful time to learn more about Blenko Glass and to participate in educational activities.  hjh 

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

WV Birthday 150 Vase - Wanted.

We have three blog readers who are searching for a 2013 Blenko WV Birthday vase
for their WV Birthday Collections.
If you have an extra,  or know someone who would like to sell
please email  TheBlenkoProject at aol.com  with your contact info
and the asking price.
We'll forward this to the interested parties.
HJH
2013  WV Birthday Vase - Arlon Bayliss Designer 

### UPDATE ### 

Thanks,
V

Monday, July 08, 2013

GLASS ID w Photos

Readers can we help this lady identify her glass?  hjh

Hello!

First of all, thank you for your wonderful site and all of its resources!  I handle many vintage Blenko items but I am absolutely stumped by this bowl. I have searched every page of all of the Blenko catalogs with only indications of the form. I am aware of many of the characteristics of this glass such as weight and especially the form and texture of this piece compared to similar shapes. BUT, I've never come across this turtle bowl.

The form of the bowl resembles form free-form bowl/ashtray  #6023. The color to me represents Lemon (1968-1969), or possibly Gold (1955-1958), but it is darker. The weight of the piece is 5 lbs 7 oz. And it is approx. 9 1/4" x 8 1/2.  I have had many Blenko free-form ashtrays, platters and other molded pieces and the bottom of this bowl mirrors Blenko's texture, lines, thickness for their molded pieces. It does however have something I haven't seen:  three rounded feet on bottom right behind turtle's head and feet.

In viewing catalog year 1962 there is a pink free-form dish with something raised resembling a turtle back, but it is hard to tell for sure. The only other Blenko turtle I found was a plate #2110 for year 2001.

Do you know if this is a true Blenko piece? I had thought the turtle resembled Don Shepherd design, but still stumped here to the color, designer and years of production. Would you know if this is a special Blenko piece by a certain designer? Wayne Husted?  I don't believe Indian or Bischoff made a piece as this. I also looked into thousands of auction house photos and could not find a turtle bowl as this. If it wasn't for the beautiful turtle in the dish I would claim it a free-form # 6023 piece! Any thoughts?

Thank you so much for your time. I have attached three pictures of the piece. Truly appreciate your help! I look forward to hearing from you.

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M. Clark

Saturday, July 06, 2013

A Blenko Story

A Blenko Story:  


 If you have a Blenko story please share it with our readers HJH


Subject: Blenko Glass
Hi there - saw in the Herald Dispatch that you were looking for pictures and stories about the glass company.  I have one that I would like to share with you.

My father worked for a local trucking company in Huntington for 25+ years.  Blenko Glass was his last stop every evening to pick up the items that were being trucked and shipped out.  Upon learning that he was going to retire - he was presented with this swan on his last evening run from Milton.  My father valued the friendship that he had made with the employees of Blenko and returned very often to visit with them and to bring members of our family for tours there.  Always to be welcomed warmly by all that remembered him.

I have the honor of having the swan in our home now.  It brings sweet memories of the times that Dad took me to see the glass blowers working on their glass pieces.  Thanks for all the good memories.

C. Braley

Friday, July 05, 2013

Festival of Glass

Blenko's Festival of Glass is coming up.
If you haven't made your hotel reservations,   do so this week.

Check out www.blenkoglass.com  and look for upcoming post with more info about the Festival of Glass. 

Thursday, July 04, 2013

July 4th - Buy Made In USA! Buy Blenko Glass.

Glassdoc,  I read Blenko Glass is looking for someone to purchase it.  I also read they are doing better - which is true?   If someone bought Blenko would it still be Blenko?
I've sent this email a dozen times and you have yet to respond.
Harold S. West
Mr. West,   Blenko continues to make handcrafted glass and tableware.  Blenko is known for excellent product.  Blenko sales are good.   In this time of economic struggles for everyone, as collectors of Blenko and supporters of BUY MADE IN USA  concept.  
We can ensure Blenko and other USA companies will continue to survive by supporting them with our on line and in the gift shop purchases.
    Avoid the Big Box Store Glass -  buy American Made Glass.  Ask for Blenko Glass when you shop your local high end department store.  
    Blenko has something for everyone,  we are rarely forced to go beyond Blenko for a gift.

Weddings,  Graduations, Birthday Gifts,  Births,  House Warming Gifts.  Blenko has the perfect gift.  
    Blenko can be engraved -  by your local engraver or by Touch of Glass in Hurricane,  WV.
.www.westvirginiaglass.com .  
     Learn more about Blenko Glass and collecting Blenko Glass  www.blenkoproject.org

Here is a list of Glass Companies - many no longer with us. When I read about defunt glass companies it makes me very sad.
Let's support BLENKO - by buying Blenko, and by getting the word out about this beautiful art glass. We should NOT allow another glass manufacturer to close!


AMERICAN VENDORS
• B L E N K O An American company based in Milton, West Virginia; founded in 1921 (after three attempts and failed companies) by William John Blenko. The company was named Eureka Art Glass Company specializing in colored stained glass. In the late twenties and thirties the company changed names and Blenko started making decorative tableware. In 1946 Winslow Anderson was hired as the first design director and elevated the level of artistic achievement. 1952 Wayne Husted came on board as the second design director and introduces oversized stoppered bottles and other fifties icons. 1963 Joel Myers begins as design director. These first three designers were the beginning of a Blenko tradition that is still alive today. Subsequent designers have been and are; John Nickerson, Don Shepherd, Hank Adams,  Matthew Carter.  Current designer is Arlon Bayliss. www.arlonbayliss.com .   Blenko is still doing business out of Milton, West Virginia.Blenko colors include: Amethyst, Antique Green, Aqua, Azure, Charcoal, Chestnut, Cobalt, Crystal, Desert Green, Ebony, Emerald, Grass, Honey, Jonquil, Kiwi, Pine, Plum, Rose, Ruby, Sapphire, Sea Green, Sky Blue, Surf Green, Tangerine (amberina), Teal, Topaz, Turquoise, Violet and Wheat.

• B I S C H O F FA.F. Bischoff Glass Company was founded by A.F. Bischoff in Huntington, West Virginia in 1922. The company moved to Hurricane, West Virginia and again to Culloden, West Virginia where it produced glass from 1942-1963. Bischoff made items very similar to those of other West Virginia companies. In addition to using some unusual, even bizarre, original; shapes, Bischoff copied designs from leaders like Blenko. Lancaster Colony, of Columbus, Ohio, purchased Bischoff in 1963, keeping the Bischoff name and molds. (Blenko’s fifties designer Wayne Husted, joined Lancaster in that year to head its design and production department.) The following year, 1964, Sloan Glass bought Bischoff, and Sloan closed in 1996.Bischoff colors include: Amberina, Amethyst, Charcoal, Copperette, Crystal, Emerald Green, Gold, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Peacock Blue, Poinsettia Red and Wisteria.

• E R I C K S O N G L A S S W O R K SCarl Erickson was a Swedish-born glass artist who brought the spirit of Swedish design to his Bremen, Ohio Factory. This defunct glass factory was purchased by brothers Carl and Steven Erickson in 1943. Carl designed most of the mold-blown glass, distinguished by heavy casing, controlled bubbles, and frequently, a heavy ball of glass for a base. They were identified by a yellow and blue paper label, and free-formed pieces had an engraved signature. The company closed in 1961.

• H A M O NRobert Hamon founded Hamon Glass in 1932 in Scott Depot, West Virginia, where it continues operating today. The company produced crackle glass from the late 1940’s until the mid-1970’s. In 1966 Hamon merged with Kanawha Glass Co. and, although the production was separate, Hamon items were included in the Kanawha catalog. Features which help identify a piece of Hamon include the handles will have a ridge across the end on most Hamon crackle pieces. Like Pilgrim’s style of crackle, the Hamon finish is extremely fine. This easily identifiable finish is also called “onion crackle” or “Swedish crackle.”Hamon colors include: Amber, Amberina, Amethyst, Blue, Crystal, Green, Ruby and Smoke.

• K A N A W H AWhen Dunbar Glass Company in Dunbar, West Virginia closed in 1953, production head D. P. Merritt and others joined to form the Kanawha Glass Specialties Company. Named after nearby river, The Kanawha, the company opened in 1955 and made blown crystal in addition to cutting and decorating purchased glass. In 1957 they changed the name to Kanawha Glass Company. By 1960 they began production of the colorful decorative wares that have become so familiar, especially crackle glass. Soon Kanawha was making 350 production items in seven colors. In 1969 Kanawha purchased Hamon Handcrafted Glass in Scott, Depot, West Virginia. The Hamon Crackle Glass that was added to the Kanawha line retained its identity, which explains why Kanawha catalogs often show two different types of glass-molded and hand-blown. Production continued until 1987, when Kanawha was sold to Raymond Dereume Glass Inc. in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. This lasted for only two years, closing in 1989.Kanawha colors include: Amber, Amberina, Amethyst, Authentic Cranberry, Blue, Cranberry, Crystal, Green, Ruby and Yellow.

• M O R G A N T O W NThe Morgantown Glass Factory (1899-1971) operated under several names-The Morgantown Glass Works, Economy Glass Company, and Morgantown Glassware Guild. Under the leadership of Joseph Haden and his sons J. Richard and Samuel, Morgantown produced high quality handmade traditional “Depression Era” glass and several Art Deco stemware designs until the 1950’s and 1960’s brought a new emphasis to the company. J. Richard Haden, the last vice president, introduced the D├ęcor Line of glassware in modern, often angular, shapes and vibrant colors. But their most typical fifties items were the freeform vases and bowls designed by Steve Britvec in the 1960’s.

P I L G R I MThe Pilgrim Glass Corporation in Ceredo, West Virginia was founded by in 1949 by Alfred E. Knobler. He purchased Tri-State Glass of Huntington, West Virginia and then land in Ceredo (near Huntington) and built the Pilgrim facility, which opened in 1956. From the beginning they specialized in free blown crackle glass in vivid colors. Like other producers of crackle glass, Pilgrim made large quantities of it in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Generally they used colored handles in the 1950’s and crystal handles in the 1960’s. Some items can be identifies as Pilgrim by a mark impressed in the center of the base-either a group of little dots (“strawberry marks”) or a group of wavy lines (“water waves”) Like other companies in the area Pilgrim made a range of decorative objects in both crackled and plain colored glass. Two brothers Alessandro and Roberto Moretti introduced Murano style to Pilgrim in the 1950’s. Their introduction of glass animals, figurines, and other Venetian style items gave Pilgrim another desirable line. Pilgrim colors include: Amber, Amethyst, Blue, Crystal, Emerald Green, Lemon-Lime, Olive Green, Ruby, Sea Green, Sky Blue, Smoke Crystal, Tangerine and Topaz.

R A I N B O WThe Rainbow Art Company was founded in 1942 in Huntington, West Virginia by Joseph Goudeket and Henry Manus. Originally a glass decorating business, the Rainbow Art Co. turned to producing its own hand blown glass in 1954, and it became the Rainbow Art Glass Company. Like other neighboring companies, they produced blown glass in vivid colors, often with a crackle finish. Rainbow made crackle through the 1970’s, which was later than most competitors. In 1973 they were purchased by Viking and continued to make crackle glass until 1970. The Rainbow factory burned down in 1983, and all operations ceased.Rainbow colors include: Amber, Amberina, Amethyst, Blue, Crystal, Golden Amber, New Turquoise, Olive Green, Orange/Amberina, Pink, Ruby, Smoke, and Tangerine.

V I K I N GBased in New Martinsville, West Virginia, the Viking Glass Company emerged from the New Martinsville Glass Company in 1941. They were known for manufacturing hand-made, quality glassware of the Swedish type. Viking was predominately a pressed glass factory. In the fifties Viking introduced colored glass to compliment their crystal lines. Over time a number of people created designs for Viking; Dick Schnacke, Gail Docktor, and Bill Prindle. In the late 1950’s Billy Reinbeau arrived at Viking and developed the “spun mold.” This was an important development at the time and remained so until the factory’s closing in the 1990’s. A spun mold used centrifugal force to raise hot glass up into the sides of a moving mold. The results were abstract and very graceful fluid forms. Color complements form and design. It was critical to Viking’s successes. Kenneth Dalzell, former head of the Fostoria Glass Co., re-opened Viking as Dalzell-Viking in 1987, but it finally closed in 1998.Viking colors include: Amber, Amberina, Avocado Green, Amethyst, Bluenique, Crystal, Honey, Lime Green, Persimmon, Thistle, and Ruby.hjh

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

PM Estate Sale

The Largest Estate Sale in West Virginia This Year!
JULY 5 – 7, 2013
5148 Elk River Road -Blue Creek (between Elkview and Clendenin on US 119), WVCLICK HERE FOR MAP

20,000 Square Foot Warehouse – Formerly “Helen’s House of Antiques”
- Click Here to read the news story in The Charleston Gazette about this sale -
The Estate of Helen Gandee, the proprietor of “Helen’s House of Antiques” in Blue Creek, WV (Between Elkview and Clendenin on US 119). This sale will take place in the warehouse Mrs. Gandee used to house her vast collection of antiques, collectibles, art and much more.
We are still combing through this incredible collection in preparation for this historic sale. This will be a multi-weekend sale with some of the best antique bargains you will find.
The sale opens 4th of July Weekend on the following schedule:
Friday – July 5th – 10am to 4pm
Saturday – July 6th – 10am to 4pm
Sunday – July 7th – Noon to 5pm
NO EARLY SALES – DOORS OPEN PROMPTLY AT THE TIMES LISTED!
Check out video by The Charleston Gazette regarding this sale:
From The Charleston Gazette by Doug Imbrogno - "Collection of a Lifetime"
Watch our two preview videos for a glimpse at this incredible sale!
PREVIEW VIDEO #1

PREVIEW VIDEO #2
For more information visit our website at www.pmestatesales.com

Note:  PM Estates  is Purple Moon  located in downtown Charleston, WVa

Mr. and Mrs. Chuck are collectors of Blenko Glass and often have excellent examples of Blenko from 50-90s  in their shop.
Purple Moon is my favorite place to shop in Charleston. 
Note:  This estate includes  WV Glass

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Blenko - Variations Designed by Husted

Wayne Husted returned to Blenko Glass  to create a series entitled  Variations.     Variations was a series of water bottles - each unique - all designed by Husted.   There were twelve in total.
Each subscription was for 3.   They were made quarterly.   In total less than 50 subscriptions were sold.
The Blenko Project now has photos of the entire Variations collection - which we ( Dr V) plans to add to the website  www.blenkoproject.org   however,  prior to adding these vases we need
to identify the vases. 
If you own this series or have knowledge of the series  please write to us at
TheBlenkoProject  at aol.com.    
We need to know what more about the series - what 3 vases constitute a set?   Base information.

 We have been told four additional vases were made -- these were a variation of the basic 12 / altered only by color .  If you have information  please share your knowledge.

Blenko Project needs your assistance in properly labeling the 12 vases that make up the Variations by Husted.

Monday, July 01, 2013

WV Blenko Birthday Vase - Photos

Thank you to the folks who sent photos -  I apologize for publishing only a few - the Blog and my email was compromised on 6/21.   Below you'll find photos of the parking lot which was filled with tents, and sleeping bags,  more than 150 people arrived 18 to 60 hours early  in an attempt to purchase this vase.   Each year Blenko produces less than #150 of the limited edition vases made in honor of WVa 's Birthday. 
 
This post contains photos of the Cindy S.  From Minnesota ( possibly the farthest distance traveled), Jordan Toler, 16 years old,  a Chapmanville All Star Athlete ( this was Jordan's first Blenko Glass experience -  he'll be back!),  JC Dillion of Charleston, WV ( JC is a frequent flyer at the Blenko Birthday Events).  WV House of Delegates member Ron Stollings who drove from a Legislative Meeting in Wheeling to Blenko arriving just in time to get one of the last vases ( he arrived at 5:30pm).